Do you have an object, photograph, document or family story relating to 1916 life in County Wicklow? If so, register and come along to Wicklow County Council’s 1916 Public Collections Day. Click to find out more, and download the application form.
Lough Dan Native Woodland Project – Lough Dan Scouts Centre is adjacent to the former Barton/ Childers Glendalough House estate. On March 5th and 6th 2016, all 15 scout groups from county Wicklow will plant 500 native trees over 16 acres to commemorate the those who died in 1916. The event will include an educational hike through the estate.
Dunlavin Forum will host a village parade from Main Street to Village Green. Before the parade, historian, Dr. Chris Lawlor will give a lecture on 1916. The parade will culminate in the unveiling of the restored Dunlavin 1798 monument. (Public executions took place in Dunlavin during 1798 rebellion). A plaque to commemorate 1916 will be added to the monument.
“Glór na Cásca” commemorative gardens project. This Garden of Remembrance will have an engraved replica of the 1916 Proclamation, a maintenance-free flag pole with Tricolour and 7 trees that will represent the 7 signatories of the Proclamation.
Annamoe Historical Group propose to erect a Robert Barton / Erskine Childers memorial. Barton and Childers were double first cousins and were two signatories of the Anglo Irish Treaty in 1921 Glendalough House, near Annamoe was home to the Barton / Childers family.
Roundwood Historical and Folklore Society will host a high profile seminar. One of the weekend’s highlights will be the hosting by “History Ireland” of a Hedge School relating to 1916 Events will include the unveiling of a memorial in Roundwood to commemorate all who took part in the fight for Irish independence.
The Old Bray Society will launch Revolt in Wicklow. A History of County Wicklow 1913-1923 by historian, Henry Cairns. This publication will feature from the foundation of the Irish Volunteers to the end of the Irish Civil War in County Wicklow. Chapters will include Wicklow people who took part in the 1916 Rising, The 1918 General Election and Cumann na Mban in County Wicklow. The launch will take place in Bray Town Hall on 12th of May at 7pm. The society intends to present a copy of the book to each school in County Wicklow.
Commencing in Bray, Bray Cualann Historical Society will host a Historical Tour of county Wicklow. This will consist of a guided bus tour to sites in county Wicklow associated with 1916 -1921. Just some of the locations will include Wicklow Gaol, Glendalough House and Woodenbridge.
Bray Cualann Historical Society will host a walking tour of historic Bray. This will include a visit to St. Peter’s Cemetery to the graves of former members of the Irish Volunteers, plus former homes and locations synonymous with the period 1916 - 1921. To be held on two days - Saturday 20th August at 3pm & Monday 22nd August at 11am. Starting at St Peters Graveyard in Little Bray and finishing at the Railway Station. Duration: approx 1 hour.
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Roundwood Historical & Folklore Society will produce a commemorative booklet on 1916, including articles and memories of people and events of that period. It will also include articles on the participation of Wicklow people in the War of Independence. Editor will be local historian, Martin Timmins.
Nun’s Cross Parish Bi-Centenary Committee will publish a history of their church (1817-2017) by art historian, Patricia Butler. Nun’s Cross Church Architect, Francis Johnston, also designed the GPO. The church also has links with John Millington Synge and Roger Casement, as members of their families are buried in Nun’s Cross cemetery.
Wicklow 1916 Commemoration Committee plans 3 projects Pop up mobile exhibition of historical memorabilia connected to 1916. Produce a booklet based on stories from those with relations who fought in 1916. The cleaning of graves of those with 1916 connections at St Peter’s Cemetery, Bray, where a number of former members of the Irish Volunteers are buried.
“Rith Éireann” This bi-annual event is organized by Conradh na Gaeilge through local schools and communities. Children and families will run in relay, through the streets of Bray, holding a baton containing the 1916 Proclamation. It will culminate with music and events at bray seafront. Rith 2016 is a national festival that will take place as one of the main events of Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish language week). The run will take place in various locations across the Country arriving in Bray on Sunday 13th March @5pm. You are invited to take part in the event starting at Tesco in Bray at 5pm on Sunday March 13th. The route will go down the Main Street and onto the Seafront where you will be met with some music and refreshments. Rith 2016 is a new way to celebrate the Irish language and culture in a way that is visual, fun, community based and can be celebrated throughout the island of Ireland. This event will be fun for all the family and a great way to get out and get active this weekend. For more information https://www.rith.ie/en/
Foras Na Gaeilge, Ócáidí i Leabharlanna Workshops on the Irish Revival (Athbheochan na Gaeilge) (1876- 1916) will be hosted in the new Arklow library.
Séadna Mac Seoin will give a talk (in Irish) on the life of Pádraig Pearse, in the new Library, Arklow on Tuesday 17th May at 7.30pm and the same talk (in English) will be given on Thursday 19th May at 7.30 pm.
Aspects of Pearse’s background and personality will be presented, together with Information on his active role, from his youth, promoting the Irish language. His pioneering role in Irish language journalism, in the development of a modern Irish literature and his excellent role in native irish education will be discussed. While promoting Irish language and culture he was prepared steer clear of political issues. However, political affairs intruded in all aspects of Irish life from 1912 onwards, and he was drawn towards a military approach in the final years of his life. He was executed on 3 May 1916.
Pearse’s talents : barrister, scholar, language activist, publications, journalism, editor, pioneer of Irish literature ( poetry, prose, short story writing, drama), educationalist, school Principle, school manager, teacher and at the end of his life, a revolutionary.
Kilcoole Area Play Space will host – “Féile Cluichí Sráide” - festival of children’s street games of the early 20th century, showcasing outdoor play. With its emphasis on the Irish language, this gives it strong links to “An Teanga Bheo”. Over the weekend, Kilcoole will be divided into 7 districts and named after each of the 1916 signatories. The 7 teams will be invent a new street game, inspired by the 1916 Rising.
Createschool – Use of Stopmotion art form to create an animated film of 1916 which will relate to a young audience. It intends to engage with all primary schools in county Wicklow in making the fiim + distribute it to all schools. The film will include a reading of proclamation. Participants include historian Pat Liddy. View film here: https://youtu.be/jhfDNSXtPD8
Wicklow County Council Library Service will co-ordinate a 1916 schools’ poetry competition. This will form part of a national project in association with Department of Education
The school will hold an all day event to commemorate the Easter Rising 1916 including flag raising, reading of proclamation, re-enactment of surrender of the Volunteers. Music of 1916 will also feature as well as a map of the world showing the work of Irish Peace Keepers and Irish charitable organisations. The school gym will be transformed into Sackville Street, Dublin - complete with sandbags, barbed wire, sound and smoke effects. Other zones in the school will represent key sites such as the GPO and Boland's Mill.
A highlight in Wicklow County Council's 2016 programme of events - the Wicklow County Arts Office and RTE National Symphony Orchestra present 'Mary Gordon' a major new choral commission where the events of 1916 intertwine with the mythology of the Blessington Lakes.....
Bray Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann invites you to Bray Library on Friday, 11 March, at 6pm for harp music and poetry. Contemporary poetry from 1916 will be read by Michael Kelleher and John Wheatley. Bray Comhaltas was founded in 2007 by Gerry O'Donnell with the support and encouragement of Coláiste Ráithín principal Gearóid Ó Ciaráin. It now boasts a membership in excess of 300 and provides courses for all ages and abilities in the harp, uilleann pipes, fiddle, tin whistle, flute, concertina, button accordion, tenor banjo/mandolin, bodhrán, singing and dancing, as well as Irish language refresher courses for adults. For further details, please firstname.lastname@example.org
The Break of Day is a play written and directed by professional actor Conal O'Shiel. Produced by the Arklow-based drama group, the Masquerade Drama Group, The Break of Day is a look back at Ireland 100 years ago from 1915 to 1916 - at the workers', women's and national movements up to and including the Easter Rising. The piece consists of material from the era including poetry, music and speeches and delves into many pivotal moments of Irish history.
Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Calendar, will be premiered as part of the Courthouse Art Centre’s centenary programme in March 2016.
For further information on press or any images please contact: Maggie O’Gallagher, Director, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely (Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm, T: 0402 38529 E: email@example.com W: www.courthousearts.ie
Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre’s “16 Revolted Women” This production will be ‘a play within a play’ where by the audience at first are witnessing the stories of the women of 1916 but as the play develops, the voices of the actress’, the writer, the director and the producer all begin to emerge to engage in a generative dialogue with the characters on what has become of Ireland 100 yrs on from 1916 and their hopes for Ireland 100 yrs from now. The ‘fourth wall’ of the theatre is broken when these women of 2016 become part of the performance and begin to sensitively draw the audience into the dialogue too. In this regard this play will truly : Remember Reflect and Re-Imagine.
Young Bray Musicians continue Bray Comhaltas 1916 celebrations on Thursday March 24th at a concert in The Well Church beginning at 7:30pm. ‘Droichead’ will premiere a suite of new Irish traditional tunes by local composer/musician Tim Doyle to commemorate 1916, and will include a special tribute to the 40 children killed during the Rising. The concert will showcase traditional musicians from Bray and the surrounding areas including a Harp Ensemble, Bray Comhaltas Music teachers, and ‘Rithim na Réabhlóide’ a group of young musicians aged from 10 to 17 who will perform the new suite of music, incorporating dance, storytelling and narrative to tell the story of Easter 1916. The concert is open to the public and tickets are €10 & €5 per adult & child respectively (family €25). Tickets are available from Sinéad in Oifig Choláiste Ráithín; Paddy Stack Butchers, Albert Ave, Bray; Bray Comhaltas classes and through Trish Byrne on M 086 3909 505 and Alva McGarry on 086- 8514 003.
The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, will host “Irish Destiny” Cine-Concert from the National Film Institiute – with grand piano accompaniment by Micheál Ó Suilleabháin. This silent feature drama was released on Easter Sunday 1926, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. The film is a love story set against the backdrop of the War of Independence and was shot in Enniskerry village. Films and newsreels from the 1916 period will also feature.
Bray Jazz will host the premiere of an innovative new composition written by jazz musician and composer Ronan Guilfoyle to celebrate the role that his late grandfather played in The Rising and Ireland’s War of Independence. Staged with support from the County Wicklow Centenary Fund, the presentation by Ireland’s foremost jazz player uses composition, improvisation and audio recordings to explore the life and times of Joe Guilfoyle, who took part in the 1916 Rising and was a member of Michael Collins’ inner circle during the War of Independence. Guilfoyle will be joined by top English trumpeter Nick Smart, who is Head of Jazz at London’s Royal Academy of Music, by Japanese pianist Izumi Kimura, and by leading Irish players Sam Comerford (saxophone), Matthew Jacobson (drums) and Chris Guilfoyle (guitar) for the piece, which explore the different aspects of Joe Guilfoyle’s life, from his revolutionary youth to the dignified and quietly spoken grandfather that Ronan Guilfoyle knew in his childhood. Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure in Irish jazz, and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. An in-demand bassist both in his native Ireland and internationaly, he has performed with an array of jazz music’s leading lights, including Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Benny Golson and Kenny Werner.
Glenart College – “The Spirit of 1916, past present & future” – students will produce various works including: Booklet on local place names linked with 1916 Art, music and poetry competitions + Drama production
Arklow Music and Arts will host a concert which will celebrate the music from 1916, and songs that have a particular resonance with that time . The audience will be encouraged to wear period costumes from the early 20th century. The night will include a reading of the proclamation by Gabriel Brady, grand-nephew of Christopher Brady, songs written by Padraig Pearse and a re-enactment of his speech at the grave of O'Donovan-Rossa
Bray Camera Club Photographic Essay – “Wicklow Then, Now and to Come” Bray Camera Club will examine cultural complexities in Wicklow in 1916 and the 1914-18 period, and in modern times. Historical images will show the Wicklow connection to the centenary events, complemented by relevant photographs taken by club members.
Working with communities in county Wicklow, the photographic essay will show how communities now manage complexities affecting them, and how their likely future role. The photographic essay will be shared with the communities and put on public display across the county.
“Bré 1916” will host a number of events to commemorate the 1916 centenary, including: Displaying proclamation in various Bray locations Embroidered tapestry Projection of 1916 images on local church facades Giant national flag display on Bray Head
Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre has commissioned Sinead O'Loughlin, a Wicklow born writer, to research and write a play based on the lives of the women who were central to the revolution in 1916 with particular attention to those of Wicklow descent. The production will establish a theatrical dialogue between the women of 1916 and 2016. Through authentic conversation on past events these women, crossing a hundred years in time, will attempt to lean towards a possible, instead of a predictable future and generate open discussion on what the next hundred years has in store for Irish women.
Roger Casement was one of the most important figures involved in the fight for Ireland’s independence. A prominent diplomat, he was knighted by the British for his service in the Colonial Office, Casement dedicated his early career to humanitarian efforts in Africa and South America, where the spectres of slavery and exploitation ran rampant among the impoverished native populations. Back in Ireland, as a member of the Gaelic League, Casement would put his Irish nationalist sentiments into action by helping to form the Irish Volunteers. He raised money, established overseas connections, brought in arms, and assisted in the writing of their manifesto. When he was caught by British forces at Banna Strand following a botched gun-running operation, the Rising was a mere three days away. Imprisoned in London, Casement was tried and convicted of treason, meeting his death at the end of a noose.
The Casement Project is a special event taking place on the 100th anniversary of his death a series of multi-disciplinary, multi-location performances dedicated to his life. Ireland 2016 and the Defence Forces today announce the release of free tickets to attend this celebration of his life and legacy at the Casement Aerodrome outside Dublin city. You're invited to book your spot at what will be a spectacular day of outdoor fun, with market stalls,games, play areas for children, as well as military capability displays. There will also be access to the Air Corps Museum, which features a range of artefacts and aircraft, uniforms and memorabilia, as well as Casement: A Revolutionary Journey, a free and fascinating exhibition. It will be a wonderful and fitting way to remember the contributions and sacrifices of the last man standing.
For more information see http://www.ireland.ie/news/special-event-mark-humanitarian-legacy-roger-casement
Oral history of Lacken, Valleymount and Ballyknockan will be organized through the Wicklow County Council Heritage Officer. Following the 1916 Rising, the granite to rebuild the GPO came from McEvoy’s quarry, Ballyknockan. People of the area will recall accounts from their parents and grandparents of the cultural significance of the area and time.
Blessington and Lakeside Community 1916 Festival. “Cherishing all the Children of the Nation Equally” .Extensive programme of lectures, discussion, theatre, film + festival and parade. This festival will challenge the people of Blessington to visualize what 1916 means to them and to translate this idea into a creative project. The festival will celebrate the social aspirations of the 1916 Proclamation and explore ways to reach out to the marginalized communities, including the new Irish and non-Irish who live in Blessington.
Starting with a children's mass in Knockananna Church at 12 noon, this day to remember two Knockananna Volunteers Tom Kehoe and Mick McDonnell, will include the laying of wreaths and orations by visiting dignitaries. School children will read essays and Irish music, songs and storytelling will also feature. There will be participation by the Defence Forces and marching bands as well as the local GAA, Youth Project Committee, Tidy Towns Committee and schools.
Curation Day in association with Wicklow County Council and the Royal Irish Academy. The public will be asked to bring memorabilia from the 1916 period to be recorded and assessed. They will have an opportunity to discuss the relevance or sentiment of the items.
“Kilcoole Remembers 1916” - Kilcoole is synonymous with the Kilcoole gunrunning of August 1914. All the community will become involved with this festival. A Summer school will explore the social impact of 1916. Luisne Spiritual Centre, Kilcoole, will be the location for reconciliation & discussion. A highlight of the festival will be a construct replica of GPO and have a reenactment of Easter 1916
Hollywood Fair – the annual weekend festival event with emphasis on targeting the diaspora. The Hollywood Fair generally takes on a 1950s theme, but in 2015 a 1916 theme was adopted. This may be further developed in 2016
Wicklow County Council Archives Service has developed an app which will relay events of “100 years ago today". In this app we hope to evoke a sense of everyday life in County Wicklow during the year of the Rising through weekly updates of newspaper snippets featuring local news stories, advertisements and events as presented in the two main County Wicklow newspapers of the day – The Wicklow People and The Wicklow News-Letter. You may find these snippets sometimes quirky, often poignant and on occasion quite amusing! Subjects covered in the App so far include a report on a violent incident on an Aughrim farm, a school attendance case in Enniskerry, an eccentric character in Shillelagh, a concert in Tinahely and Christmas in the workhouse. Interesting adverts also feature, including anti-dandruff shampoo, treatment for cold weather ailments, 1916 bedroom furniture and cars of the day.